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Iljimae Speculation

Sunday, July 20, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

The end is nigh!

Also, here’s some music for you to enjoy – Ginkgo Hillside, of the OST, which I really really enjoy. Download it here.

Several things that jumped out at me while I was thinking about this – of course, am wasting time. But what a pleasant way of doing it. 😀

– The beginning of the episode tallying in with all available indicators as to be the last heist Iljimae performs. Remember that Iljimae broke into the palace in the beginning, with the help of all his guy friends? It fits. There’s also a banquet going on, and the people in the palace have been forewarned… since all this stuff that we’re seeing is technically in the past, I hope the writers let us have some stuff after Iljimae comes out to the plum blossom garden… if that happens, then the narrative will take over sometime late in 19 or starting from 20. Still don’t see how they’re going to tie up all those loose ends, but bless them for trying.

– Asshat king should die, but he probably won’t, given that Iljimae is doing his ‘must-not-kill-people’ thing. He’s still going for dragging the king to his tree and making him apologize, which would work only in a bizarre parallel universe where the king actually has a conscience. Iljimae will most likely use the incident with Qing to force the king to abdicate to another one of his sons.

– Eun Chae’s words: The first and last love of my life. Err. Not to jump to conclusions, but it sounds like she won’t live. And that’s kind of … not happy for anyone.

– Bong Soon and Kunghe’s fate. Besides their own conflict, Bong Soon’s currently in danger from about 40 highly trained fighters. Even with Kunghe’s help, that’s a tall order. And if Bong Soon dies, Kunghe will jump after her killer, and go for the assassin in purple in a big way. If Kunghe dies protecting her, Bong Soon will feel super sad and probably not be in the mood to see Iljimae and Eun Chae romance each other.

– I know people have this theory that if one girl dies, the other won’t, but doesn’t that depend on how the writers are feeling that day? What if a fly landed in their breakfast and they decided they wanted the world to suffer?

– What about Shi Hoo? Will his mentor kill him? If not, will he find out who he is (more like believe it, since he already knows about half)? What will he do if he does? Will he help Yong? Will he step in at a crucial moment and save Yong’s life by sacrificing his own? Will he go crazy (with such a tightly wound personality, also not too surprising)? WWSHD?

– Kyumi’s mommy… needs to show up and meet her son. I swear. Like, it’s just too cruel making her live her entire life out and not see her son. At least send her to Dani.


Worst possible ending: Bong Soon dies from imperial soldiers, Kunghe dies avenging her on the assassin. Shi Hoo finds out his history and fights the assassin, killing him, but then he goes crazy from being responsible for his father and half-sister’s deaths. Iljimae asks Eun Chae to take care of his mother(s) and goes to the palace, is killed by king because he believes in the theory of non-killage. Eun Chae is captured by the king and tortured to death (or is forced to marry the ambassador’s son and kills herself). She writes the story of Iljimae out for Dani before she dies and thus the legend is passed down for all generations. This ending is known as the Everyone Dies Ending.

Mediumly cruel ending: Kunghe dies protecting Bong Soon from the soldiers and assassin dude in purple. Iljimae robs the palace sucessfully. Bong Soon dies in being a decoy Iljimae, and Eun Chae is killed by the assassin dude to avenge the robbery. Shi Hoo finds out his family history after researching the symbols and goes after his mentor, killing him after an epic battle. Iljimae forces the bad king to abdicate to one of his sons, and goes on being a heroic thief.

Happy ending for Bongjimaes: Eun Chae gets killed by the assassin, Iljimae goes crazy, but Shi Hoo gets to the assassin first. All missions succeed, and Yong upholds his promise to take Bong Soon away with his two mommies and lives in the mountains forever and ever, with 2^125978 children. Shi Hoo does… something.

Happy ending for Iljichaes: Everyone survives, Iljimae clears his father’s name and is reinstated as a noble (evil king dies by one of his own plots, somehow) but decides to live far away from other people in society. Shi Hoo and Dani reconcile, and Shi Hoo does his best as an important minister to ensure things are fair. Kyumi’s mommy makes yummy food for her happy grandkids.

Honestly, I don’t know. Feel free to discuss!


  1. flyingcrispi
    Sunday, July 20, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    I think Bong Soon will get killed, thus traumatizing Iljimae and we’ll get a superman/spiderman ending. You know the kind :
    Iljimae to Eun Chae- “I love you but I can’t be with you, everyone I care about dies… bouhouhou, I’ll just be a poor lonesome cowboy and carry on with my heroism. Don’t worry though, I’ll often stalk you to make sure you’re okay, making it harder for both of us to let go and be happy. By the way, did I mentioned I loved you?”

    Apart from that, I vote for the happy Bonjimae ending!!!!

  2. Da
    Sunday, July 20, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    i dont think ending for Iljichaes is possible but i want it !!!

    by the way, many good people are dying for iljimae…. i felt sorry for him. he must be living with the sad memories til the end of his life… from we can figure from his eyes when he looked at the plum tree in Episode 1…. he’s soooooooooooo sad.

  3. ffiza
    Sunday, July 20, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    My vote goes for Bongjimae ending!! (although I don’t think that’s possible)

    The worst ending is too cruel, if that happen, I bet viewers will be crying till they become panda. huhu… well, all I can do now is wait

  4. callisto
    Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Is it bad that I kind of want the worse possible ending? lols It sounds so epic and completely awesome. hahaa But of course, I’m an Iljichae shipper! Even though they won’t be together.. that ending sounds the best to me 😀

  5. fayrouz
    Thursday, July 24, 2008 at 3:22 am

    i vote for Iljichaes ending

    love lee jun ki and hope that he and Eun Chae live happy forever

  6. Anonymous
    Friday, July 25, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    I REALLY don’t want the worst possible ending to happen….if it does i’m gonna end up all depressed like when the writers did that Hong Gil Dong ending….BTW, is strongest Chilwoo good? is it subbed? :]

  7. Shinthia
    Friday, July 25, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    I REALLY don’t want the worst possible ending to happen….if it does i’m gonna end up all depressed like when the writers did that Hong Gil Dong ending….BTW, is strongest Chilwoo good? is it subbed? :]

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